u GIANTS LEFTY AFFELDT GOES ON DL WITH GROIN STRAIN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt will be sidelined up to six weeks after he strained his left groin Saturday, feeling and hearing a pop on a pitch against Arizona.
Affeldt was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, while San Francisco recalled right-hander Jean Machi from Triple-A Fresno to take his place.
Affeldt, who already missed time with a strained right oblique muscle, said he had experienced some discomfort in the groin for a couple of weeks and might have “cost” the team some games by pitching through it because he altered his delivery and pitch selection. He said it’s possible the two injuries are related.
Manager Bruce Bochy said an MRI exam Saturday night showed a moderate groin strain. Jose Mijares will now take on a bigger role out of the bullpen.
Affeldt is 1-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 38 appearances and 33 1-3 innings this season, but 0-3 over his last 15 outings with three blown saves — and has blown all four of his total save chances. Bochy had spoken to Affeldt before the injury about backing him off until he got back on track.
u SPAIN’S MARC MARQUEZ WINS AT LAGUNA SECA: MONTEREY (AP) — Spain’s Marc Marquez won the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to become the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win consecutive races.
The 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider held of Germany’s Stefan Bradl by 2.2 seconds for his third victory of the year. Marquez also won in Austin, Texas, in April and last week in Germany.
Marquez leads the season standings after nine of 18 races, 16 points ahead of Spanish teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Italy’s Valentino Rossi was third, followed by Spain’s Alvaro Bautista and Pedrosa.
u JOHNSON WINS AGAIN IN MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS: MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Defending Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson won the Mile-High NHRA Nationals for the fifth time Sunday, holding off Colorado native V. Gaines in the final round.
Making his seventh straight final-round appearance in the event, Johnson raced to his fourth victory of the year with a 6.989-second run at 196.87 mph in a Dodge Avenger. He was two straight victories at the Colorado track and four in the past five years.
Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel division, Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, and Shawn Gann won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Massey raced to his third victory of the season and 13th of his career, beating Bob Vandergriff in the final. Massey powered his dragster to a 3.974 at 309.27.
Pedregon won for the first time in Denver since 1993, powered his Toyota Camry to 4.233 at 295.46 to edge Bob Tasca III. Pedregon has three victories this year and 33 overall.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Gann claimed his first victory since winning in Denver in 2004, riding his Buell to a 7.351 at 181.08 to beat points leader Hector Arana Jr.
u GRAF, LUHR WIN AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES RACE: BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the American Le Mans Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, and Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker topped the P2 prototype class.
Luhr extended his ALMS victory record to 45 with the P1 win in the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c prototype in the 2-hour, 45-minute race on the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit. It was the fifth consecutive win at the track for Luhr and Graf, who led every lap Sunday en route to their fourth victory of the season.
Franchitti, the younger brother of three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, teamed with Tucker in the No. 551 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b to edge Scott Sharp and Guy Cosmo in the No. 01 Tequila Patron HPD ARX-03b, giving Level 5 Motorsports its fourth victory of the season.
In the GT class, reigning series champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin won in the No. 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette, edging the No. 91 SRT Viper of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens by 0.267 seconds. It was Milner’s 40th ALMS class victory, third on the career list behind Luhr and Olivier Beretta (42).